Postgraduate Course: Dissertation - GIS & Society (PGGE11098)
This course will be closed from 13 January 2017
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The dissertation is a substantial piece of research work which both reinforces the skills learned in the taught component of the course and provides a genuine opportunity to undertake new and valuable research. The dissertation takes two parts, a research paper and a technical report. Two supervisors from the MSc teaching staff are allocated along with any external supervisors, depending on topic.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| The outcomes given are specifically what a student can learn from the core courses of the taught element of the programme, and the dissertation. Optional courses allow students to learn more in related areas.
- Understand the range of methods used to store and analyse spatial and attribute data in the context of geographical information systems
- Understand the concept of database management and its implications
- Critically review available GIS technologies, assessing their merits and shortcomings
- Predict future developments and understand the implications of standardisation efforts
- Be aware of a range of applications of GIS and Society,
- Develop intellectual skills in critical analysis and synthesis of information to support research themes.
- Locate, read and summarise relevant literature, from both traditional and electronic media, to extend your understanding of the topic
- Develop reasoned arguments, firmly grounded in the available literature
- Generate new knowledge through experimentation or interpretation of previous studies.
- Plan and write assignments, within the specified parameters and to a professional standard
- Take responsibility for your own learning through reading and the preparation of assignments, and reflect upon your learning experience
- Develop transferable skills in written and verbal communication, group and team work, computing, programming and numeracy, and time and project management
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr William Mackaness
Tel: (0131 6)50 8163
|Course secretary||Ms Caroline Keir
Tel: (0131 6)51 7192